The Big Ten had another fantastic slate of games on Tuesday, highlighted by a marquee matchup between Purdue and Tennessee. The league eventually won all three of its games.
Let’s take a look at what happened.
Game of the Night:
-No. 2 Purdue Boilermakers 73, No. 7 Tennessee Volunteers
After beating Gonzaga on Monday, Purdue got the difficult task of jumping right back into action against another tough opponent in Tennessee on Tuesday. The game was expected to be tight and most were interested in seeing how an elite Vol defense would hold up against Zach Edey down low.
The game itself was really competitive and relatively low scoring, considering the offenses on the court. Both teams finished below a point a possession. The eventual difference was the play of Edey and Fletcher Loyer, who combined for 50 points in the outing. Interestingly, Caleb Furst was the only other Boiler to finish with an offensive rating above 100, though Furst only played 20 minutes. Purdue did just enough in the closing minutes to grab the win.
Purdue now sits at 5-0 and easily has one of the more impressive resumes in the country. The Boilermakers will hope to add another marquee win on Wednesday, with a matchup against a top five Marquette team waiting in Hawaii. Expect another thriller.
-Maryland Terrapins 91, UMBC Retrievers 68
After three straight losses, Maryland finally got back in the win column on Tuesday night, beating an overmatched UMBC squad at home. Jahmir Young led the way with 20 points, three rebounds, and two assists. Julian Reese also had 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Maryland improved to 2-3 with the win. The Terps will return to action on Saturday at home against South Alabama. It should be another win for the team.
-Minnesota Golden Gophers 86, Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions 67
The Gophers knocked off another overmatched opponent at home on Tuesday, improving to 4-1 in the process. Dawson Garcia led the way with 19 points, nine rebounds, and two assists. Cam Christie also had 14 points. Minnesota will return to action on Sunday against a feisty San Francisco squad. KenPom projects the Gophers as underdogs in that one.